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Survival of the Fittest - Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz vs. AMD Athlon XP 3200+ - The Photos

Later on today Intel will release its newest and fastest desktop processor yet - the Pentium 4 at 3.2GHz on an 800MHz quad-pumped FSB. It is a 200MHz jump over their previous processor and 1GHz faster than AMD's fastest desktop processor. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson gives us the dirt on Intel's fastest processor and puts it head to head with AMD's Athlon XP 3200+ for the survival of the fittest under our intense benchmarking suite.

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 22, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Intel

Like always no review from us here at TweakTown would be complete without a set of photos.

 

- 3200's side by side

 

 

First off we see the Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz CPU. This physical style of the Pentium 4 hasn't changed; however, AMD's Athlon XP 3200+ (2.5GHz) has changed from its original Socket 462 design.

 

- OEM Cooling Solution

 

 

Here we see the cooling solutions as provided by both AMD and Intel. Intel's Pentium 4 cooler has slightly changed since the original 478 pin Pentium 4, namely a copper core to remove heat more efficiently for the more highly clocked processors.

 

- Test Boards

 

 

Our test boards are as follows for our test systems. For our Intel system we used the Gigabyte 8KNXP motherboard based on the I875P chipset. We used this board due to its support for Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz, allowing for a full 6.4GB/s transfer rate.

 

In our AMD test system we used the ASUS A7N8X motherboard as supplied to us by AMD. This board is based on the nForce 2 Ultra chipset. We used this because nForce2 has proven to be the best AMD Athlon XP chipset available on the market, and the only 400MHz FSB officially supported chipset currently on the market at the time of review.

 

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